County seeks state funding to encourage private investment

County eyes several big projects

Sewer systems and baseball fields are among big projects seeking state money in Fulton County for 2017. Recently filed was $1.6 million worth of state funding applications for five main economic development projects within the county.

The conduit for annual Empire State Development Corp. funding is the Consolidated Funding Application, or CFA.

A $500,000 state Consolidated Funding Application was submitted to improve Parkhurst Field off Harrison Street in Gloversville. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

A $500,000 state Consolidated Funding Application was submitted to improve Parkhurst Field off Harrison Street in Gloversville. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

Since 2011, New York state’s counties have been part of a process started by Gov. Andrew Cuomo involving CFAs filed from 10 regional economic development councils. Fulton and Montgomery counties are part of the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council. Awards will be announced for each region by the state in December.

“We filed two [CFAs] for the Hales Mills Road Extension sewer [project] and the Vail Mills sewer [project],” Fulton County Planning Director James Mraz said last week.

For the Hales Mills development area wastewater project, crews will install a wastewater pump station/wastewater lines along the east side of Hales Mills Road Extension. The total estimated project cost will be $600,000.

For the Vail Mills development area, installation of wastewater trunk lines and a pump station are on tap. The estimated project cost is $1.3 million.

Mraz said the county filed a $120,000 CFA for the Hales Mills Road sewer project and a $260,000 CFA for the Vail Mills sewer project.

Also serving as executive director of the Fulton County Industrial Development Agency, Mraz noted the Board of Supervisors’ Capital Projects Committee decided recently not to seek state funding for a water and sewer project at the Tryon Technology Park in Perth. Fulton County was originally considering submitting a CFA for that project. Mraz said supervisors decided to postpone that project until 2019.

Fulton County is trying to improve infrastructure in the Hales Mills development area. A waterline for that area is virtually complete, and now officials have set their sights on the sewer component to bring businesses to the area.

Eventually, county officials hope to bring much commercial development to some of the 490 acres off Hales Mills Road Extension. Also proposed is 120 residential lots, mixed-use developments, townhouses and a two-mile walking trail.

Environmental Design Partnership of Clifton Park determined a sewer system and pump station on Route 29 have excess capacity. If Fulton County can gain access to existing sewer lines, officials will create a county sewer district for the Hales Mills Road development area.

The Vail Mills development area proposal shows 455 acres, with 60 residential lots. The area is also expected to attract adult senior housing, commercial/retail development, and a possible hotel.

The state prefers projects already “ready to go” by the time the CFA is pursued for them, Mraz said. For entities pursuing CFA funding, he said they don’t want to incur costs until after the grant is awarded.

“Often, timing is an issue,” Mraz said.

In the private sector, some companies may file for a CFA for a project for which they they “want to get going” now, but realistically can’t until after December or January.

Ronald Peters, president and CEO of the Fulton County Center for Regional Growth, said a $500,000 CFA was filed for continued development of Parkhurst Field off Harrison Street in Gloversville.

“That was the one we worked on with them,” Peters said.

Parkhurst Field, where the Gloversville Little League plays, in 2016 also received a $500,000 CFA award from the state.

The Parkhurst Field Foundation in February begin a capital campaign. The foundation has created a $2.3 million development plan for the 110-year-old field, which saw baseball greats from the early 20th century such as Cy Young and Honus Wagner take the field.

The plan has three phases

Phase one includes the installation of three baseball diamonds instead of the single “senior” field currently in place. Phase two includes installation of replica grandstands on the site similar to what would have been there during the turn of the century. Phase three includes landscaping, parking lot changes and other improvements.

Parkhurst Field was the site on Sunday for the fifth annual Vintage Baseball Game & Fundraiser for the Field of Dreams Capital Campaign. Festivities included a 12-year-old All-Star vintage game between the Johnstown Buckskins and the Gloversville Glovers, two teams that originally faced off locally in the late 1800s. The fundraiser also included a Vintage Baseball Game with a local A., J. & G team of former Gloversville Little League players versus the Whately Pioneers of Massachusetts.

The Fulton County Baseball & Sports Hall of Fame on Sunday also inducted 1951 Gloversville Glover Ralph Vitti, who had a successful film career, appearing in more than 30 movies and 150 television shows.

Other CFAs recently filed that involved the CRG was one for $200,000 to renew for two years the county’s successful Microenterprise Grant Program. The current grant program ends this year. The program is administered by the CRG. It is funded through Community Development Block Grant applications to the state Office of Community Renewal. It is intended to provide grants from $25,000 to $35,000 to small businesses with a maximum of five full-time employees.

The CRG has also been involved with the village of Northville on what Peters said is a Main Street “anchor” project. Applied for was a $500,000 CFA for that.

Earlier this year, Peters told his board he has spent considerable time on the downtown Northville project. He said a developer has shown interest. At one point, Peters said he was working on four potential “deals” for Northville. He said Mayor John Spaeth has been very supportive, but more details will be released later.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at

Fox Run Receives $25,000 Microenterprise Grant

The Mayor of Johnstown, Vernon Jackson, and Fulton County Supervisor, William Waldron, joined Ronald Peters, President and CEO of Fulton County Center for Regional Growth, on August 4, 2017, for the presentation of $25,000 in grant funding to Cover the Distance, LLC d/b/a Fox Run Golf Course.

Fox Run Golf Course accepts a $25,000 Microenterprise Grant from Fulton County, NY.

Richard and Marlana Scott were very excited that their application was accepted by New York State. They used the funds to purchase a new greens mower. “This is the first piece of new equipment that the golf course has purchased. The other equipment is all second hand,” said Mr. Scott, as he showed attendees various features of the mower. “This purchase was made possible because of these grant funds.”

Ronald Peters said that he has enjoyed the opportunity to fund small businesses through this program. “This program has proven to be a great fit for Fulton County,” Mr. Peters said. “It has given small businesses like Fox Run the edge they need to succeed.”

Microenterprise Grant funds are designated for businesses with 5 employees or less. Job creation is an important aspect of the grant process. Fox Run has created 2 jobs already this summer as part of their grant obligation.

For immediate release: August 7, 2017

Contact: Ronald Peters, President & CEO

Phone: 518-725-7700, ext 101


About Fulton County Center for Regional Growth:

Fulton County Center for Regional Growth’s (CRG) mission is to strengthen Fulton County’s economic base, facilitate sustainable growth, enhance the competitive position of our region, its counties, towns and cities and facilitate investments that build capacity, create jobs, improve quality of life and increase the standard living for all of its residents.

CRG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. To become a member, visit our website at To stay in touch with CRG, follow us on Facebook at or on Instagram at @downtowngloversville.

Gloversville vies for $10 million prize

Glove City set sights on statewide competition for downtowns

A Gloversville committee is working on an ambitious plan for downtown revitalization, in anticipation of the relaunch of the $100 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) competition for 2017. The committee has identified at least $22 million worth of projects it would like to see funded.

Fulton County Center for Regional Growth President Ron Peters said he believes Gloversville came in second place in last year’s competition. To get a leg up on the next potential grant opportunity, the city hired a Downtown Development Specialist in December and formed a committee in March to work on the application.

 See the video of Gloversville’s plans for redevelopment

The DRI program set aside $100 million in 2016 to “improve the urban vitality of city centers across New York State.” One city in each of 10 regions was chosen for a $10 million grant. Contestants within each region were pitted against each other to prove their plans had the most potential to transform “downtown neighborhoods into vibrant communities where the next generation of New Yorkers will want to live, work and raise families.”

Oneonta and the 9 other cities chosen in 2016 – Glens Falls, Oswego, Geneva, Westbury, Middletown, Jamaica, Plattsburgh, Elmira and Jamestown  – have been working since last summer on Strategic Implementation Plans for downtown projects that well exceed the $10 million available to each city over the next five years. The plans, due in June, outline ways to combine the DRI funds with other sources of private or public funds.

Trail Station park during Gloversville Railfest

Trail Station Park in 2016

Trail Station Park in the summer of 2016

Trail Station Park in the summer of 2016

Funding for another round of DRI was included in the state budget passed in the second week of April, but the announcement of the timeline for applications has not yet been made. CRG’s Peters said he suspects the turnaround time might be tight, and that Gloversville will be competing against many of last year’s runners up.

The committee is keeping projects outlined in the 2016 application, such as streetscape improvements on South Main and Harrison streets, lawn improvements at Estee Commons near the bronze sculptures, a new bike path connecting downtown to Trail Station Park, a skate park at the corner of Bleecker and Church streets and a redesign of Castiglione Park.


Artist rendering of planned improvements at Parkhurst Field

Parkhurst Field and The Gloversville Public Library, which were part of last year’s application, later won Consolidated Funding Applications grants.  Parkhurst Field is the oldest continuously used baseball grounds in America. A not-for-profit organization has launched The Fields of Dreams Campaign to restore the park to its condition during its heyday to “create a destination and economic diamond for Upstate New York.”


Exterior view of the 1904 Beaux Arts library building in Gloversville

The Gloversville library, built in 1904 with funds donated by Andrew Carnegie, was the first public library to ever win CFA funding, receiving two $500,000 grants, as well as $214,252 from the NYS Public Library Construction program and $460,000 in private pledges and donations, according to its annual report. The library is currently operating from temporary space in the CRG headquarters and business incubator while the Beaux Arts building is completely renovated and restored.

Curves in stairwell at Gloversville library

View of the curving staircase inside the Gloversville Public Library.

Site Selection: New Lease on Life

Below is an excerpt from an in-depth article outlining the virtues of Tryon Technology Park for potential investors in the March 2017 edition of Site Selection magazine.

Tryon Technology Park in Upstate New York shows what can happen when a sense of purpose meets a parcel primed for adaptive redevelopment

by Adam Bruns


Fifty years after its commissioning in upstate New York’s Fulton County, the 515-acre Tryon Juvenile Detention Center campus in the Town of Perth is experiencing a complete transformation into Tryon Technology Park.

It’s just the beginning, says James Mraz, and area native who’s been Fulton County’s Planning Director for 30 years. The facility that was once the jewel of the state’s juvenile detention system was closed in 2011 as part of a system makeover by the State of New York. Its creative, adaptive reuse is a project Mraz calls the jewel of his career, and it is taking place in a county whose entire population is only about 50,000 people.

“Many towns and villages are bigger than us,” he says. But no place had a bigger motivation to turn things around. The closure meant the loss of 325 good jobs totalling about $15 million in payroll.

See the online edition of Site Selector Magazine here. Tryon article is on digital page 140.

Tryon Technology Park

Josh O’Neil, Chief Business Development Officer at Vireo Health Solutions, said Tryon Technology Park in Fulton County, NY, was ideal for his company because: “All the infrastructure was in place. That was a very big deal. It was also very affordable – on a per-acre basis, it’s one of the best values in the state. And there has been tremendous support from the town and the county. When we met with Fulton County folks, seeing their enthusiasm was a game changer. They wanted us there, and we knew they’d be good partners.”

In conversations with local leaders, Mraz suggested the closure was an opportunity. After all, the campus already had fiber-optics, natural gas, sewer and water service. It also has a 75,000-sq.-ft. building available for reuse as manufacturing, office or incubator space.

The county already had a proven track record in developing three business parks, but by 2011 their available land had dwindled, thanks to projects from companies such as Fage Yogurt, Walmart and Benjamin Moore Paints. Perth also happens to be centrally located in a triangle formed by the GLOBALFOUNDRIES semiconductor manufacturing complex in Malta, the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in Albany and the Marcy Nano Center site in Utica.

Unique Offering

After Mraz’s team submitted a proposal, the parcel was transferred to the Fulton County Industrial Development Authority for the price of $1. The county and IDA secured $2 million in state grant funding for a new internal access road and upgraded water and sewer lines. Then the county invested another $2 million Read the rest of the article from Site Selector Magazine as a PDF

CRG talks could lead to more Fulton County jobs

One local manufacturer could add 50 new Fulton County jobs

Insight into CRG operations was part of the agency’s monthly activities report given last week to the Fulton County supervisors.

CRG President and CEO Ronald Peters said the CRG received an inquiry from a “potential start-up” knitting operation located in the New York City area.

He said Tuesday he hasn’t heard back from the company and he’s not sure where it will settle.

Peters also alluded to other recent CRG business marketing efforts. He said the agency is working with an unidentified “local manufacturer” that created 10 new jobs last month and wants to expand further. He said he brought in a state Economic Development Corp. representative to start exploring an opportunity for the state to offer a financing package to the county.

“I’m still working with the state on that package,” Peters said.

He said there is a possibility this could be a “regionally-significant project” with 50 or more jobs.

Peters reported he met with a former small local manufacturer about potentially starting up again.

He said the CRG also received an out-of-state inquiry that was passed on to an unnamed local manufacturer.

The CRG worked with an engineering firm and submitted a $300,000 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant application for the city of Gloversville.

Peters said he met with Northville Mayor John Spaeth, Northampton Supervisor James Groff and a potential Main Street Program applicant about a possible project in Northville.

The CRG’s 2013-15 Microenterprise Grant generated 19 jobs among small businesses in the county, Peters said. The state has granted the CRG an extension to the end of 2017 so approved applicants can complete job requirements.

Peters said the 2016 Microenterprise Grant program recently gave out its first grant to Gloversville-based Frozen Parts Inc. The company fabricates and assembles more than 500 of the most asked-for parts, its website says.

The CRG’s County Loan Pool still has several applications out in various stages, Peters said. He said he recently met with more potential applicants.

Peters said the CRG continues to work with Saratoga Springs-based marketing agency Shannon Rose, which updates the CRG website. The firm is also managing the CRG’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Working with the county’s lead-generating firm, Peters said the CRG made “several” calls to companies explaining the benefits of locating in Fulton County.

The CRG also participated in a similar Qualified Lead Generating Initiative with New York state. Peters said the CRG had three conference calls with a company looking at potentially moving to the state.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at

Fulton and Montgomery counties get $1.4M in revitalization funding

NEWS RELEASE – January 27, 2017

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced nearly $40 million in revitalization funding for 75 municipalities through Round 4 of the Restore New York Communities Initiative. Restore NY supports municipal revitalization efforts across the state, helping to reinvigorate downtowns and generate economic opportunity in communities from Western New York to Long Island.

Three projects in Fulton and Montgomery counties garnered $1,425,000 in revitalization funding:

  • City of Gloversville – CRG Building renovation – $425,0000

    FCCRG headquarters gets revitalization funding

    Downtown Gloversville will get $425,000 in revitalization funding to renovate the building that serves as the headquarters of the Fulton County Center for Regional Growth.

  • City of Amsterdam – Wrestling Hall of Fame redevelopment – $500,000
  • Village of Canajoharie – $500,000 for the demolition of the eastern portion of the former Beech-Nut Plant.

Six other Mohawk Valley projects also received funding, for a total of $4,652,915:

  • City of Rome – Wood and Steel Cable Complex – $500,000
  • Village of Schoharie – Parrot House restoration – $500,000
  • Village of Sylvan Beach – Yesterday’s Royal rehabilitation – $500,000
  • City of Oneonta – Susquehanna Regional Food & Beverage Hub – $477,915
  • Village of Sharon Springs – Comfort House demolition – $250,000
  • City of Utica – Downtown Utica Restore Project – $1,000,000

“These projects will help bring new vitality and opportunities for growth to communities across New York by transforming blighted properties and making key infrastructure investments,” Governor Cuomo said. “With this funding, we are helping to build stronger regional economies and are laying the foundation for a more prosperous New York for all.”

Governor Cuomo enacted the Restore New York Communities Initiative in the FY16 State Budget and designated Empire State Development to implement the program.  Round 4 launched in June 2016. Cities, towns and villages were all eligible to apply for support for projects that include demolition, deconstruction, rehabilitation, or reconstruction of vacant, abandoned, condemned and surplus properties.

“By preserving the cultural legacy and historical character of our downtowns, Governor Cuomo is breathing new life into old institutions and laying the foundation for future economic success and opportunity,” Lieutenant Governor Hochul said during a presentation today at the Hollywood Theater in Gowanda, one of the award recipients.

Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “The Restore New York Communities Initiative revitalizes urban centers and is an important step towards attracting residents and businesses to rebuild underserved neighborhoods.”

Highlighted projects from each region are detailed below and a full list of state funding for downtowns is available here.

Capital Region

The Capital Region was awarded $3,028,205 to support five projects.

  • City of Schenectady – Restore Schenectady project – $1,000,000
  • City of Troy – American Theater rehabilitation – $778,205
  • City of Hudson – Dunn Building rehabilitation – $500,000
  • Village of Hudson Falls – Masonic Temple – $500,000
  • Town of Catskill – Quality Inn demolition – $250,000

Central New York

The Central New York region was awarded $3,350,000 to support four projects.

  • City of Syracuse – Urban Gateway project – $2,000,000 for the redevelopment of four historic buildings into mixed-use properties, building on work done with prior Restore NY Funding.
  • City of Cortland – Downtown Cortland Building Redevelopment Project – $500,000
  • Village of Phoenix – Phoenix Restoration Project – $500,000 for the rehabilitation of two vacant buildings in the Canal Waterfront District.
  • City of Fulton – Route 481 Gateway project – $350,000

Finger Lakes

The Finger Lakes region was awarded $5,536,888 to support nine projects.

  • City of Rochester – Center City project – $2,000,000 for the rehabilitation of seven properties into mixed-use buildings as part of the city’s master plan.
  • Village of Avon – Avon Inn redevelopment – $500,000 for demolition, remediation and rehabilitation of the former Ellicott Station to create a mixed-use facility.
  • City of Batavia – Ellicott Station rehabilitation – $500,000
  • City of Geneva – Geneva Enterprise Development Center – $500,000
  • Village of Newark – St. Michaels Senior Living Apartments – $500,000
  • Village of Perry – Restore Downtown Perry Project – $500,000
  • Village of Waterloo – Virginia Street building renovations – $485,000
  • Village of Dansville – Depot rehabilitation – $285,488
  • Town of Marion – Main Street Marion – $266,400

Long Island

Long Island was awarded $1,458,470 to support three projects.

  • Village of Port Jefferson – Upper Port Urban Renewal – $500,000
  • Town of Riverhead – Riverhead Apartments – $500,000 for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of three buildings, part of a $30 million project involving the creation of affordable housing, retail space, and food production facility.
  • Town of Hempstead – Grand Avenue redevelopment – $458,470 for the redevelopment of deteriorated properties on Grand Avenue for mixed use.


The Mid-Hudson region was awarded $5,419,490 to support 10 projects.

  • City of Yonkers – Wheeler Block project – $2,000,000
  • Town of Dover – Dover Greens – $500,000
  • Village of Highland Falls – Flagship Development – $500,000
  • City of Kingston – Midtown Kingston Restore – $500,000
  • City of Middleton – Middleton Community Campus – $500,000
  • Village of Wappingers Falls – Main Street Revitalization Project – $500,000
  • Town of Yorktown – Depot Square – $413,760
  • City of New Rochelle – Echo Bay – $265,730
  • City of Port Jervis – Restore NY 2016 – $120,000
  • Town of Wallkill – Sheffield Drive rehabilitation – $120,000 

North Country

  • The North County was awarded $4,174,000 to support ten projects.
    Town of AuSable – Keeseville Civic Center redevelopment – $500,000
  • Town of Clifton – J and L site redevelopment – $500,000
  • Town of Crown Point – War Canoe Spirits distillery – $500,000
  • Village of Lyons Falls – Lyons Falls Mill demolition – $500,000
  • Village of Massena – Slavins Building rehabilitation – $500,000
  • City of Ogdensburg – Ogdensburg BOA – $500,000 for the demolition of two buildings, part of a project focusing on the city’s Brownfield Opportunity Area Plan.
  • City of Watertown – Masonic Temple redevelopment – $500,000 for the redevelopment of the former Masonic Temple into a mixed-use building.
  • Town of Watertown – Carolyn Pontiac property renovation – $500,000
  • Village of Potsdam – Congdon Hall renovation – $120,000
  • City of Plattsburgh – Highway Oil building demolition – $54,000

Southern Tier

The Southern Tier was awarded $4,234,750 in support of eleven projects.

  • Village of Endicott – Rehabilitate former school buildings – $440,000 for the rehabilitation of two former schools, transforming them into multi-unit apartments, and the rehabilitation of a multi-use building.
  • Village of Owego – Gateway Project – $500,000 for the deconstruction and reconstruction of an anchor building in the village’s Historic Downtown Central Business District.
  • Town of Southport – Point Redevelopment – $500,000
  • Village of Whitney Point – Wilcox Building revitalization – $500,000
  • City of Corning – Blodgett Site redevelopment – $480,150
  • City of Binghamton – Big Lots Plaza demolition – $534,000
  • City of Elmira – Lake Street building rehabilitation – $500,000
  • City of Ithaca – Seneca Corn Street buildings rehabilitation – $500,000
  • City of Norwich – Silver Street rehabilitation – $120,000
  • Village of Newark Valley – Ladder factory demolition – $100,000
  • Village of Johnson City – Johnson City District Revitalization Initiative – $60,000

Western New York

Western New York was awarded $7,295,257 to support fourteen projects.

  • City of Buffalo – Northland Corridor Redevelopment – $1,912,028 for the redevelopment of the Northland Corridor, including the demolition of three abandoned structures and a housing project. A small business campus will also be rehabilitated to attract commercial investment.
  • Town of Amherst – St. Mary’s boiler house reconstruction – $500,000
  • City of Jamestown – Key Bank building redevelopment – $500,000 for the rehabilitation of a former Key Bank building, part of the city’s winning Downtown Revitalization Initiative bid.
  • City of Lackawanna – Lincoln School demolition – $500,000
  • City of Lockport – Tuscarora Club demolition – $500,000
  • City of North Tonawanda – Downtown Gateway project – $500,000
  • City of Olean – Olean BOA residential redevelopment – $500,000
  • Village of Wellsville – Burrous Building redevelopment – $500,000
  • City of Salamanca – Nies Block rehabilitation – $450,000
  • Village of South Dayton – PV Industrial Park rehabilitation – $450,000
  • Village of Gowanda – Hollywood Theater restoration – $324,000
  • Village of Angola – 1882 Nickel Plate Depot relocation – $299,500
  • Village of Lancaster – BOCES Foundation demolition – $200,000
  • Town of Ashford – Former hospital rehabilitation – $159,729
 For more information contact:

FCCRG President and CEO Ronald Peters (518) 725-7700

Gloversville Mayor Dayton King (518) 773-4551

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Press Office:

Albany: (518) 474 – 8418

New York City: (212) 681 – 4640

Tryon Technology Park

Fulton County, New York, introduces Tryon Technology Park, a transformative, 515-acre business opportunity in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains. With Tryon’s state and local expedited approval process, you could be breaking ground on 212-acres of the lowest-priced shovel-ready land in the state in 30 to 60 days, with hundreds of additional acres available for future development.

Tryon is located in a pristine, wooded environment… where a company can thrive, take a 180 turn away from a high-cost, high-stress environment.

Fulton County Administrative Officer Jon Stead: “One thing people are starting to learn about the Tryon Technology Park is it’s right in New York’s Technology Triangle, and it’s within striking distance and easy reach of 70 million customers all around the Northeast.”

Fulton County’s Targeted Industry Analysis identified seven Industry Clusters for Tryon compatible with existing businesses and the site’s resources: Biomedical R&D, Food & Beverage, Headquarters & Business Services, Health Care Products & Services, Electronics, Renewable Energy and Software & Media.

Tryon Technology Park’s first tenant was Vireo Health, which purchased 20 acres in 2015 to manufacture pharmaceuticals from cannabis. In less than a year, it doubled the size of its facility.

Josh O’Neill, Vireo Health, Chief Business Development Officer: “When you look at the value of the land, with all the infrastructure in place, we could not find anything better in the state of New York. It’s highly accessible from I-90 and other major highways. It’s got great infrastructure. There’s new water and sewer, gas, three-phase power and a new county road that’s well-maintained year-round.”

Jim Mraz, Fulton County Planning Director and Executive Director, Fulton County Industrial Development Agency:
“The property at Tryon is also very affordable. At a $20,000 per an acre price, it is the lowest price per acre of comparable land anywhere in the region.”

The origins of Tryon are a unique story of cooperation by state and local governments. When the state closed the Tryon Juvenile Detention Facility in 2011, it was an economic blow to Fulton County.

In an effort to turn that negative into a positive, Fulton County officials petitioned the state for control of the property. Two years later, Tryon was deeded over to the Fulton County Industrial Development Agency for redevelopment as a technology park.

Josh O’Neill, Vireo Health, Chief Business Development Officer: “It’s a beautiful place. A really great community. I feel like Fulton County as a whole has been very welcoming to our business and the people who have moved here from other states, they’ve found it to be a really high quality of life. They’ve found good, affordable housing. The feedback on the schools has been very positive. We’ve got a lot of young families on our team and for them to locate to Fulton County from other states was a big step for them and it’s been an extremely positive experience.”

At the center of the park is the Tryon Regional Business Training and Incubator Center, adding training, classroom, office and workshop space for businesses to utilize. Tryon also has the benefit of being geographically close to its partner in training and workforce development, Fulton-Montgomery Community College.

Dr. Dustin Swanger, President, Fulton-Montgomery Community College: “FM has a long history of strong workforce development programs and customizing programs for local businesses, like Benjamin Moore and Townsend Leather.”

Tim Beckett, senior vice president, Townsend Leather:
“We continually rely on them for training, customized classes, and working with our people to help further our staff in growth here in the area.
Fulton County as a whole, any time we’ve needed anything, in terms of economic growth or sustaining our workforce or bringing in new business, they’ve been a good person to rely on and go to for grants, money, even locations and building and equipment.”

Fulton County hosts a vibrant array of biomedical manufacturers, global food processors and light manufacturing companies in three existing business parks. Adding Tryon to that portfolio creates unparalleled advantages for companies searching for an inviting, centrally located home with plug and play infrastructure.

Contact us today to find out more about Tryon Technology Park.
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Agenda set for export seminar

Export seminar sponsored by the Fulton County Center for Regional Growth and TD Bank

Growth Strategies:
Expanding Your Business Internationally

Holiday Inn Johnstown-Gloversville
November 15, 2016

This export seminar includes networking and learning opportunities about potential markets, logistics, available export financing and cutting through red tape while establishing new lines of business between Fulton County, New York, and the world.

8:30 a.m.
Networking and Registration (Continental Breakfast)

9:00 a.m.

  • Ronald Peters, President & CEO, Fulton County Center for Regional Growth
  • Robert Davey, Regional Vice President for Upstate NY, TD Bank

Managing Payments and Finalizing the Sale

  • Strategies and options for sending and receiving money from overseas – Maria Aldrete, Director of Foreign Exchange Services, TD Securities LLC
  • Strategies for boosting international sales, managing risk and structuring transactions that benefit both buyers and sellers Andrea Ratay, Vice President, Global Trade Finance, TD Bank

10:00 a.m.
Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management: Discussion with Moderator

  • Supply Chain management: How to move your products internationally with efficiency and strategies to address some of the challenges facing companies – Tom Valentine, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Mainfreight USA and Carl Erickson, Director of Supply Chain, Plug Power Inc.

10:30 a.m.
Getting Ready to Export: Federal & State Assistance

  • Export Assistance from the federal government- Toni Corsini, NY/NJ Regional Manager, Office of International Trade, U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Export Assistance from the state governmentEdward Kowalewski, Director of International Investment Programs & Private Sector Liaison to the World Bank,  Empire State Development

11:00 a.m.
Legal Environment of Exporting/Importing:

  • How to protect your intellectual property and what to be mindful of from a legal perspective David Miranda, Attorney, Heslin, Rothenberg, Farley & Mesiti P.C.

11:30 a.m.
Break and Networking

12:00 p.m.

12:30 p.m.
Special Guest Speaker 

  • Current state of U.S. and Global Economic Landscape – Implications for importers and  exporters– Brittany Baumann, Economist & Macro Strategist, TD Securities LLC

1:00  p.m. Final Words

  • Cedric Carter, Vice President & Senior Relationship Manager, TD Bank


Nov. 15 date set for export financing symposium in Fulton County

A symposium on how local companies can expand their sales to foreign markets has been scheduled for Nov. 15 by the Fulton County Center for Regional Growth

The export symposium, entitled “Growth Strategies: Expanding Your Business Internationally,” is designed to demonstrate to companies that may be interested in settling in the area that Fulton County entrepreneurs and economic development officials have the products, willingness and capability for increased trade in foreign markets. Networking opportunities and communicating about available financing, loan packages and cutting through red tape will be among the event’s priorities.

FCCRG President and CEO Ron Peters said Fulton County sees positive potential for increased foreign trade from a local base, and expects at least 40 business representatives to attend the Nov. 15 symposium, at the Holiday Inn at Johnstown.

The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan  FCCRG President Ron Peters

The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan
FCCRG President Ron Peters

Registration starts at 8:30 a.m., followed by a welcoming from Peters and Robert Davey, regional vice president for upstate TD Bank. Brittany Baumann, senior economist and macro strategist for TD Securities LLC, will give a presentation on the current state of the U.S. and global “economic landscape,” and the implications for importers and exporters.

Other topics at the export financing event include:

  • Managing Payments and Finalizing the Sale
  • Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • Getting Ready to Export: Federal & State Assistance
  • Legal Environment of Exporting/Importing

Cedric Carter, TD Bank’s vice president and senior relationship manager, will be the final speaker of the conference in the afternoon.

An additional sponsor of the event is Empire State Development’s Global NY initiative. Global NY is an initiative launched by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to offer “one-stop shopping to both foreign businesses looking to invest in New York and to local businesses who want to export globally.”

Fulton County is ideally situated for the production and transportation of goods bound for international markets. Three interstate highways provide quick and direct access to New York City, Montreal, Boston and Philadelphia, as well as the deep-water Port of Albany and Albany International Airport. In fact, there are 21 international airports within a four-hour drive of Fulton County.

In March, Townsend Leather of Johnstown became the only company in the Mohawk Valley to hold Foreign Trade Zone status from the U.S. Department of Commerce. It was the first new designation in Fulton County since 1996. Foreign-Trade Zone #121, which allows individual businesses to apply to have their facilities designated as international commerce zones. In these federally approved areas (industrial parks or individual manufacturing or distribution facilities) materials can be imported without the payment of U.S. Customs duties as long as the goods stay in the FTZ.  Once the goods leave the FTZ for U.S. consumption, reduced tariffs are available. FTZ sites remain within the jurisdiction of local and state governments, but are subject to spot checks and periodic inspections by Customs.


$50 million available from RESTORE NY

Governor Cuomo has announced that municipalities will be able to apply for $50 million from the RESTORE NY Communities Initiative. The funds are available to revitalize and stabilize downtowns and neighborhoods. Funding of the RESTORE NY program has been a priority of NYSEDC’s Community-Based Economic Development Committee for the past two years.

ESD, which administers the program, has held informational meetings for municipalities that want to submit applications.

Photo from The Leader-Herald, by Arthur Cleveland

Photo from The Leader-Herald, by Arthur Cleveland

Since the program’s inception, more than $200 million has been invested in the removal and restoration of blighted properties – particularly in urban centers and distressed cities throughout New York State. Now in Round 4, $50 million in funding is available to continue these efforts.

Cities, towns and villages are eligible to apply for support for projects that include demolition, deconstruction, rehabilitation, or reconstruction of vacant, abandoned, condemned and surplus properties. In addition, funds can be used for site development needs including, but not limited to water, sewer and parking. The program places a strong emphasis on projects in economically distressed communities.

Information and an application are available online. The intent to apply deadline is Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 5 p.m. and the deadline for completed applications is Monday, October 3, 2016 at 3 p.m.